Weekly Report - 06 July 2023 (WR-23-27)

VENEZUELA: Leading opposition candidate barred from election

María Corina Machado, a leading contender for the Venezuelan opposition ahead of next year’s presidential elections, was controversially disqualified on 30 June after the comptroller general’s office announced that she had been banned from holding public office for 15 years. Machado’s disqualification, which ostensibly owes to an alleged failure to submit a full sworn declaration of assets, has generated an outcry in Venezuela and abroad, and demonstrates how the Venezuelan authorities continue to stack the playing field in favour of President Nicolás Maduro.

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